Archive for August, 2012

Social Networks Presence Is Good, But Owning Your Platform Is Better

Every writer now has the opportunity to gain an audience far beyond her family, friends, and coworkers. As a writer, you have the potential to have your work read all over the world. You can expand your reach. Social media has made that possible. A writer no longer has to hope for the gods of […]

7 Secrets to Getting More Writing Assignments and Clients

Finding writing assignments can be tough. Many writers go through periods where they have one or several projects, but then look up and have none. They’d love to string those periods together a bit more. And they can. I’ve been a professional writer all of my career. I worked at newspapers for several years before […]

3 Things Writers Can Learn From Neil Armstrong

As Neil Armstrong shot toward the moon, he carried with him the hopes and aspirations of an entire nation — actually, the world. And in the years since that moon walk, he continued to serve mankind. News that he died today from complications due to heart surgery left me reflecting on his life. As I […]

Author Patricia Neely-Dorsey Has Become An Advocate for Her State

Patricia Neely-Dorsey has used her books of poetry as a way to portray her home state of Mississippi in a positive light. While many books of poetry fail to gain an audience, Neely-Dorsey has leveraged her work into speaking engagements, workshops, and events where she is an advocate for her state. WL: I read in […]

How to Land Freelance Writing Work With An Ad Agency or Marketing Company

Ad agencies can be good sources of steady work for freelance writers who meet deadlines, do nice work, and are not a headache. Freelance writing jobs abound these days, as even in an economic downturn, people still need to sell their products and services. And because they still need to sell, that means they need […]

6 More Common Mistakes Freelancers Make — and How to Avoid Them

This is the second of a two-part series on common mistakes freelancers make. If you missed it, check out the first installment here. Whether you’re just starting out as a freelance writer or you’ve been at it a while, mistakes can happen. In fact, common freelancer mistakes can actually sink your writing business. But that […]

6 Common Mistakes Freelancers Make — and How to Avoid Them

This is the first of a two-part series on common mistakes freelancers make. Check out the second installment here. Being a freelance writer is a beautiful thing. You get to write often, learn new things, work in your floppy T-shirt. You don’t have a boss staring you down for walking into the office two minutes […]

How to Use Craigslist to Get Writing Projects — Without Getting Stuck With A Low Rate

Craigslist is almost the last place you want to look for writing gigs. That is, unless you do it right. Most writers who try to use Craigslist to get business do so by scouring and responding to posts from people looking to hire freelancers. That’s most often an exercise in futility. You’d get more value […]

7 Lessons Writers Can Learn From the Olympics

The London Olympics are in the books, but a few memories will be etched in our minds for a lifetime. And with those memories come lessons. I loved watching the Olympics and while I definitely enjoyed some gold-medal moments, some other moments that didn’t even result in medals were among favorites as well. For most […]

5 Things You Need to Know If You Want a Book Deal

Most writers would love to get a book deal. They want someone else to pay them for their beautiful words, send them on a major tour, and cater to their every writerly whim. If only. The reality is that you need to know a few things if you are in search of a book deal. […]